Consulate Hosts Webinar on Opportunities in Recife’s Technology Sector

The U.S. Consulate General in Recife will sponsor a web video conference on March 19th as part of the State Department’s Direct Line to American Businesses (DLAB). This webinar will provide an introduction to institutions involved in the development of Recife’s growing technology sector, with a focus on opportunities for U.S. businesses, investors and research institutions. The DLAB program allows U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world to communicate directly to the U.S. business community about the local investment climate and business opportunities.

The video conference “Opportunities in Northeastern Brazil’s Emerging Technology Hub” will be hosted by US Consul General in Recife Usha Pitts, and will feature presentations by guests Sérgio Cavalcante, Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Advanced Studies and Systems of Recife (CESAR),and  Guilherme Cavalcanti, founder of the The Impact Hub Recife. They will describe the local technology ecosystem, factors promoting development, as well as local incentives.

The web video conference will be broadcast on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 2pm EDT, 11 am PDT,  3 pm Recife time. Participants should send an e-mail to by March 17 to confirm their attendance.

Over the past decade the northeastern city of Recife has developed into one of Brazil’s leading technology centers, hosting an increasingly dense cluster of firms specializing in software application development, information and communications technology, media production services and other related industries.  At the core of this cluster are the Porto Digital office park/incubator and the CESAR research institute, together comprising one of the largest technology parks in Latin America.  The complex is home to hundreds of firms (including several familiar U.S. names) and thousands of highly qualified workers in the city’s rapidly revitalizing historic district.